Last Night: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Fitzgerald's
This year one of their most beloved works, Extra Width, turns 20. Let that sink in. JSBX has reached a level of longevity that few in the punk-blues movement could ever wish for. Their continued effortless energy onstage makes bands a fraction of their age seem sallow.
I have always wanted to see the women that helped inspire Spencer's "wooooooooooh" and "waaaaaaaah." What did they look like? How tall were their go-go boots and retro beehive hairdos? Do they now run exciting and informative DIY parenting blogs in upstate New York?
Personal Bias: The blues is No. 1. Hey, I guess I could have stolen Marco Torres's line from his B.B. King review and been fine here.
The Crowd: With longevity and awesomeness come fans in the crowd Monday who saw the band on that Fitz stage in 1994. More than a few of them.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Fuck it, let's make it a four-day weekend," said an adventurous fan who will probably just make MLK Day weekend into a weeklong affair.
Random Notebook Dump: So was the whole town split last night between this show and Jeff Mangum at the Wortham? Pretty much. There was considerably more drinking at this one.